J Street's Ben-Ami: 'U.S. Congressmen live in fear of pro-Israeli intimidation' William Kristol, head of right-wing Emergency Committee for Israel, stuns debate audience in New York: 'I agree with Obamas Israel policies to a considerable degree.' West of Eden- - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News By Chemi Shalev | May.16, 2012 | 3:07 PM | 24 Many American senators and congressmen keep quiet and refrain from criticizing Israeli policies because they live in fear and are intimidated by pro-Israeli groups such as the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI), according to J Street founder and President Jeremy Ben-Ami. Ben-Amis bald assertion came during a debate with Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, a director of ECI, held on Tuesday night at Manhattans palatial Bnai Jeshurun Synagogue and moderated by Jane Eisner, the editor of the Forward. Ben Ami said that because of accusatory ECI ads in the New York Times and other media outlets, members of Congress are afraid of being branded as anti-Israel and are deterred by the ramifications of voicing open criticism of Israeli policies.